Modern Kitchen with Subway Tile BacksplashSubway tiles are possibly the most recognizable type of tile in the country today. Originally found in New York subway stations in the early 1900s, this iconic tile style combines form with function that homeowners in the greater Martinez, CA area know and love.

At Floor Coverings International Concord, we’re dedicated to helping homeowners in the greater Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA areas find the perfect tile for their needs. Here, our team discusses all you need to know about the versatility of subway tile.

What is Subway Tile?

In its truest form, the name “subway tile” refers to a rectangular tile whose width is twice its height, most commonly 3 inches by 6 inches. The original tiles that adorn underground subway stations were white, but nowadays you can find them in almost any color you desire. The same goes for the tile’s shape, and you can find subway tile in sizes anywhere from 4-by-8 to 1-by-2, and anything in between.

Traditionally, subway tile is also made from ceramic, although you can find it in a variety of materials, including porcelain, glass, and natural stone. No matter the material you choose, you’re sure to have a durable tile that will last for decades.

Subway Tile Patterns

Subway tiles also come with a traditional lay pattern, in which the tiles are placed adjacent to each other overlapping by either 1/3 to 1/2 in length. This tile shape also lends nicely to a variety of other patterns, including herringbone, straight lay (all edges aligned), and even vertical patterns. Subway tile is a great shape that will allow you to find the perfect design for your home.

Where to Install Subway Tile?

Subway tile is a great choice for backsplashes and walls in and around bathtubs and showers. It’s also a great choice for bathroom floors with either a large format tile or smaller tile mosaic. It’s also a beautiful addition to your kitchen and will compliment a variety of interior designs.

Because it’s tile, it works great anywhere where water is present and will add clean lines and classic design to any room in your home. Consult our design associate to help you find the perfect place in your home to have this versatile tile installed, and our skilled installation team will take care of the rest!

Learn More

When you’re ready to explore the world of subway tile and all it has to offer, give Floor Coverings International Concord a call and book a free in-home consultation and estimate. Our knowledgeable staff will take the stress out of your next flooring project! Get started today!

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